Natural Ways to Reduce Uric Acid in the Body

Written by Noreen Iftikhar, MD | HealthLine

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Uric acid is a natural waste product from the digestion of foods that contain purines. Purines are found in high levels in some foods such as:

  • certain meats

  • sardines

  • dried beans

  • beer

Purines are also formed and broken down in your body.

Normally your body filters out uric acid through your kidneys and in urine. If you consume too much purine in your diet, or if your body can’t get rid of this byproduct fast enough, uric acid can build up in your blood.

A high uric acid level is known as hyperuricemia. This can lead to a disease called gout that causes painful joints that accumulate urate crystals. It can also make your blood and urine too acidic.

Uric acid can collect in your body for many reasons. Some of these are:

  • diet

  • genetics

  • obesity or being overweight

  • stress

Certain health disorders can also lead to high uric acid levels:

Read on to learn how you can lower uric acid levels in your body naturally.

Natural ways to lower uric acid

Limit purine-rich foods

You can limit the source of uric acid in your diet. Purine-rich foods include some types of meat, seafood, and vegetables. All of these foods give off uric acid when they’re digested.

Avoid or reduce your intake of foods such as:

  • organ meats

  • pork

  • turkey

  • fish and shellfish

  • scallops

  • mutton

  • veal

  • cauliflower

  • green peas

  • dried beans

  • mushrooms

Find tips for following a low-purine diet here.

Avoid sugary foods

While uric acid is usually linked to protein-rich foods, recent studies show that sugar may also be a potential cause. Added sugars to food include table sugar, corn syrup, and high fructose corn syrup, among others.

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